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Top 10 reasons to call in sick

With all the news about jobless numbers, budget cuts and furloughs, now more than ever workers are keen on ensuring they have job security. The last thing they want to do is be repeat offenders for calling in sick.

But another problem has arisen as result of this heightened sensitivity over job security—people showing up to work when they really shouldn’t. 

Gone are the days when people could take guilt- and worry-free sick days when they’re diagnosed with walking pneumonia. Instead, people are clocking in, and walking straight to their desks.

So, in the age of potent and well-advertised over-the-counter remedies and a plethora of “magic pills,” what excuse do you really have for not showing up for work? There are plenty, but we’ll give you 10.

  1. Are you contagious? – From the common cold to a questionable rash on your elbow, if your condition is contagious in any way, please stay home.

  2. Can you focus? – If your ailment is causing you such pain that you are distracted by exhaustion or focused on treating your condition or nursing wounds, then you may not be very productive at work.

  3. Stomach drama – With tummy issues such as cramping, constant trips to the restroom and feelings of nausea, it’s never a good idea to cope with the affects at the office—or anywhere outside of your home, for that matter.

  4. You hurt—If you are in pain that is not quelled with medication, then you may need to stay home.

  5. Are you medically impaired?—When prescription drugs have taken away the pain and are working to make you all better, sometimes side effects can take over,  impairing your ability think, make decisions and exercise good judgment—not a good idea to report to work.

  6. Time is passing with no improvement—If you’ve been dealing with a tolerable issue for a number of days and it’s not passing, it may be time to call in sick so you can get it checked out by your doctor.

  7. Mental health day—Sometimes you just need to take a mental health day to relax and heal.

  8. Caring for others—When you are the caretaker of a sick child or an elderly parent or relative, and you have to tend to their care—a “sick day” is warranted.

  9. Prescribed rest—Oftentimes physicians prescribed nothing but a day of rest, that means no work. It can make a difference in your improvement.

  10. Gross factor—This one speaks for itself—whatever the condition is—be considerate of your co-workers. Nobody wants to see, hear or smell your condition—even if it’s not contagious.

Note: FederalDaily compiled this list based on research from a number of sources including WebMD, Salary.com and Psychcentral. No medical professional was consulted. 



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